Lactose-free Yorkshire pudding

Lactose-free Yorkshire pudding

40 min
Lactose-free Yorkshire pudding is a variation of a classic dish from England that can be served and enjoyed in a myriad of ways. The puddings are deliciously crispy on the outside while being soft and tender on the inside. We suggest serving a delightful lactose-free Yorkshire pudding with rich, thick sour cream and either cold-smoked salmon or blueberry jam, depending on your preference – both options are equally good.


  • Preheat the oven to 200°C (regular oven).
  • Pour oil into each muffin cup in a muffin tin – about ½ cm in each. Place the muffin tin in the oven so the oil gets hot.
  • Beat eggs in a large bowl. Add milk and sift in flour and salt.
  • Whisk the mixture until you have a smooth batter without lumps. Pour the batter into a jug.
  • Take the muffin tin out of the oven. Quickly pour the batter into the muffin cups. Be careful not to spill on the edges.
  • Immediately put the tin back in the oven and bake for about 25 minutes.
  • Serve the crispy lactose-free Yorkshire puddings with sour cream and salmon or sour cream and jam.

Avoid opening the oven door while the lactose-free Yorkshire puddings are cooking. Opening the oven door during baking causes the temperature inside the oven to drop, which can make the puddings collapse or become undercooked. By keeping the oven door closed, you can help ensure that they rise properly and turn out light, fluffy, and crispy.

Questions about lactose-free Yorkshire pudding

With a lactose-free Yorkshire pudding recipe, everyone gets to enjoy this delightful and versatile English classic. Read more about lactose-free Yorkshire pudding below to learn from our answers to some frequently asked questions.

Can you use lactose-free milk to make Yorkshire pudding?
Yes, when making the English classic, you can use lactose-free milk as a substitute for regular milk without altering the recipe significantly. The result will still be a delicious and crispy pudding that can be enjoyed by anyone.
Are Yorkshire puddings lactose-free?
Traditional Yorkshire puddings are not lactose-free as they are typically made with regular cow's milk, which contains lactose, a natural sugar found in milk. However, it is possible to make a lactose-free Yorkshire pudding by substituting regular milk with lactose-free milk.
Can you use self-raising flour for Yorkshire puddings?
Self-raising flour can be used to make lactose-free Yorkshire pudding, although traditional recipes call for plain (all-purpose) wheat flour. This is because they rely on steam and air bubbles to rise and become light and fluffy. Using self-raising flour, which already contains raising agents, may cause the puddings to rise too quickly and become too puffy so they collapse.
Can you freeze Yorkshire puddings?
Lactose-free Yorkshire puddings freeze well and may be stored in the freezer for 2-3 months. To freeze them, allow them to cool completely after cooking. Place them in an airtight container or freezer bag and remove as much air as possible to prevent freezer burn. You can also wrap each pudding individually in plastic wrap or aluminium foil beforehand. When you are ready to use them, place them in the fridge overnight to thaw. Reheat them in the oven for 5-10 minutes at 200°C (regular oven) or until they are hot and crispy.


Arla® LactoFREE Milk
200 ml
Wheat flour
200 ml
Cooking oil
Approx. 100 ml
½ tsp
To serve
Lactose-free sour cream
200 ml
Cold-smoked salmon or 200 ml blueberry jam
150 g

Savour a lactose-free Yorkshire pudding

Lactose-free Yorkshire pudding is a classic British dish with a long history dating back to the 18th century, and it is enjoyed both in homes and in restaurants throughout the UK and beyond.

It has a crispy, golden-brown exterior with a soft, fluffy, and slightly dense interior. The texture is similar to that of a soufflé, and it has a hollow centre that is perfect for holding gravy, sauces, and other fillings. The flavour is mildly savoury and slightly eggy, with a subtle hint of salt.

Lactose-free Yorkshire puddings do not require many ingredients, and they are easy to make. Opting for a lactose-free version will leave you with a result just as delicious as a regular one – just without the lactose, which makes this recipe suitable for everyone, including those who wish to mind their lactose intake.

Some other good recipes for everyday favourites include lactose-free lasagne and lactose-free quiche.

How to get a perfect batter for Yorkshire pudding

An easy way to ensure a smooth batter is to allow it to rest for at least 30 minutes before baking your homemade Yorkshire puddings. This gives the flour time to absorb the liquid and creates a more even and consistent batter.

This improved structure helps the Yorkshire puddings rise and hold their shape better. It may also make them lighter and more tender. Simply cover the bowl with a clean tea towel and let it sit at room temperature for at least 30 minutes and no more than a couple of hours.

An English classic with many possible variations

In Britain, these treats are often used as a side dish with meals like a traditional Sunday roast, bangers and mash (mashed potatoes with sausages), or onion gravy. As such, there are many delicious ways to serve a lactose-free Yorkshire pudding.

In our recipe, we have suggested two tasty ways – one savoury and one sweet. The savoury option pairs the lactose-free Yorkshire pudding with smoked salmon. The result is a great combination of tender pastry and smoky fish.

The sweet version features sweet-tart blueberry jam to add freshness to the soft pudding.

Both suggestions include serving the lactose-free Yorkshire pudding with a thick, rich sour cream without lactose. The tangy and slightly acidic taste complements the mild and savoury flavour of the pudding, while its creamy texture and mouthfeel serve to tie topping and pudding together to create a coherent dish. The velvety richness it adds and the way it complements the crispy exterior of the lactose-free Yorkshire pudding is a must-try whether you opt for the sweet or the savoury option.

Add your own touch

Once you know how to make Yorkshire pudding lactose-free, you can play around with the flavour to add your own touch. You can do this by adding different herbs and spices to the batter. Favourites that will infuse the puddings with additional flavour and aroma include chopped herbs such as thyme, rosemary, and parsley, or spices such as paprika, cumin, or garlic powder. A spoonful of Dijon mustard in the batter is also great for a tangy, slightly spicy flavour.

For a sweet dessert version, you can add sugar, floral vanilla extract, or sweet-spicy cinnamon to the batter, and serve with fresh fruit and whipped cream without lactose.

You can also experiment with adding flavour through other fillings, for example, lactose-free cheese, sautéed onions, and crumbled bacon. A combination of all three will make for a lactose-free Yorkshire pudding that is rich, salty, smoky, savoury, and slightly sweet – or in fewer words, scrumptious.

When adding extra ingredients to the lactose-free Yorkshire pudding batter, be sure to adjust the amounts of flour and liquid as necessary to maintain the right consistency. Also, keep in mind that some flavourings, for instance, cheese or onion, may affect the texture of the pudding and cause it to be slightly denser or chewier.